'''Mary Virginia Terhune''' (née '''Hawes''', December 21, 1830 – June 3, 1922), also known by her penname
'''Marion Harland''', was an American author. She began her career writing articles at the age of 14, using various pennames until 1853, when she settled on Marion Harland. Her first novel ''Alone'' was published in 1854 and would go on to sell over 100,000 copies. For fifteen years she was a prolific writer of best-selling women's fiction novels, as well as writing numerous serial works, short stories, and essays for magazines. After marrying Presbyterian
minister Edward Payson Terhune
in 1856, Terhune had six children, though three died as infants. In the 1870s, shortly after the birth of her last son Albert Payson Terhune|Albert Payson
, she broke from her novel writing and published ''Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery'', a cookbook and domestic guide for housewives.
Though Terhune continued writing novels, she...